Arizona Criminal Justice Commission Legislative Policy

One of the primary activities of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is to track issues that directly impact our criminal justice stakeholders and to provide reliable criminal justice data and policy guidance for Arizona's elected leaders and policymakers.

As a non-partisan entity, it is our goal to bring together criminal justice stakeholders to understand how policy changes may impact local, county, and state law enforcement agencies.

As such, over the last several years, ACJC has been successful in improving criminal justice systems across various state agencies, closed loopholes in laws, and are currently working on ways to improve the delivery of our criminal justice data to policy makers and researchers.

During the 2021 Legislative session, Governor Ducey signed HB2166 allowing ACJC to conduct a statewide inventory of criminal justice systems. Below is the initial findings report.

Arizona Legislative Process Overview

Arizona Legislative Annual Reports


Legislative Accomplishments

HB 2716 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; members. 
SB 1588 Criminal Justice Data Collection; System (Vetoed due to hostile amendment added) 
HB 2132 Minimum Balance Notification; Victim Fund (became part of Budget Bill HB2862).
SB 1183 AZPost; General Fund; Appropriation (note: removes AZPost from the CJEF formula and adjusts the % distributed to other agencies).
HB 2166 Criminal Justice Commission; Data Collection
HB 2158 Protective Orders; Central Repository Notification

2020 *Legislative Session was concluded in March due to Covid 19 shutdown
SB 1771 Criminal Justice Commission; Reporting. This bill would expand research and data transparency.
HB 2437 Concealed Weapons Permit; Validity Check. This bill would close loopholes in the CCW process.
HB 2411 Convictions; Penalties; Surcharge Distribution.
HB 2227 Criminal Justice Commission; Data Collection. Expanding research and data transparency.
HB 2131 Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; Membership. This bill would expand ACJC's Commission Membership.

SB 1250 Injunction against Harassment; Sexual Violence- provides greater protections for victims of sexual assault in the injunctions against harassment process.

HB 2247 Amends statutory reporting requirements for ACJC required Sexual Assault Report.
HB 2249 Complete overhaul of Arizona’s Orders of Protection and Injunction Against Harassment Processes.

HB 2085 Requires fingerprints be taken for theft and shoplifting be attached to the sentencing order.
HB 2087 Continues ACJC until July 1, 2025.
HB 2375 Increases protection for victims utilizing the Victim Compensation Program by creating a stay of debt collection process and requiring that health care providers agree to accept payment from the victim compensation program as payment in full for services.

HB 2154 Improves public safety by cleaning up the definition of failure to appear by combining duplicative provisions in current statute and defining the county sheriff as the “booking agent” for all felonies and misdemeanor domestic violence, sexual assault, and DUI charges.
SB 1210 Allows for greater flexibility in the use of Resource Center Funds to support the important criminal justice research and reporting by ACJC’s Statistical Analysis Center.
SB 1211 Allows for greater flexibility in how the Victim Compensation and Assistance Fund can expend funds across both program areas to meet the needs of the Arizona’s victims of crime.

SB 1295 Requires the courts to permanently affix a defendant’s fingerprint to the sentencing document, if no fingerprint was taken, it requires the booking agency to take finger print.
SB 1373 Provides for an indicator to law enforcement for individuals with a mental health court ruling.

HB 2322 Allows for the automatic transmission of mental health court rulings into and out of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission monitors and provides recommendations for constitutional, statutory and administrative revisions that are necessary to maintain a cohesive and effective criminal justice system.


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Legislative Summaries and Reports

The Impact of SORNA and PREA Penalties on Law Enforcement Effectiveness in Arizona

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